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The Top 5 Largest Lakes in India – Travel Places India

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By:  Vipin Saini

Our country is home to so many beautiful lakes ranging from natural, artificial to the Himalayan lakes, which also serve as the key tourist destinations in promoting water tourism in the country. From Kashmir to Kerela, so many lakes have served to provide a memorable experience for the visitors and a beautiful memory to take along and cherish.

Here are the top 5 largest lakes that you must pay a visit at least once in life:

1. Vembanad Lake (Kerela)

Vembanad Lake

This lake is the largest in the country, covering an area of around 2033 sq. km. This brackish and freshwater is so big that it is spread throughout the three districts of Kerela and shores the state’s famous destination, Kumarakom. This lake is where the famous snake boat race, Nehru Trophy Boat race is conducted annually. It is also famous for backwater houseboating, birdwatching, photography among the visitors.

2. Chilika Lake (Orissa)

Chilika Lake

A type of brackish water lake, this lake located in the state of Orissa, is the result of 52 streams that make it the largest coastal lagoon of the country and the second-largest in the world. It is the lake on which around 132 villages are dependent for livelihood. It is stretched for 1165 sq. km, which in winters serves as a breeding ground for migratory birds, and many exotic birds can be spotted here. The other attractions that make this lake stand out are Becon Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, and so on, and not to forget the dolphins, which are icing on the cake for this scenic beauty. Last but not the least, the bird sanctuary on Nalaban island is also one of the main attractions of this lake.

3. Shivaji Sagar Lake (Maharashtra)

Shivaji Sagar Lake

This lake is also known by the name, Shivsagar lake, an artificial freshwater lake formed by the damming of the Koyna river and covers in total an area of 891.7 sq. km. Situated in Maharashtra, this lake is a famous picnic spot among the nationals although, it does not have any tourism activities available.

4. Pangong lake or Pangong Tso lake: (Ladakh)

Pangong Tso Lake

This saline lake that runs from India to China covers 700 sq. km and is 100m deep. With 60% of its part lying in China, this lake freezes completely during the peak of winters, and thus the best time to visit and enjoy the beauty of this lake is in May- September.

This lake, at the crown of the country, after being featured in many of the Bollywood films, has also become a popular destination to enjoy on vacation and with its banks as one of the best camping spots in the state which see various adventurers who come to explore the state, also spend time sitting back and enjoying the scenic beauty around. Pangong Lakes is very famous among tourists. It is one of the best largest lakes In India with beautiful scenic views.

This lake also becomes an aesthetic location to enjoy the whole day sitting in the tent with your pals or soulmate as the time passes, as the lake water along with the sky tends to change colors from blue in the dawn to orange-red in the dusk, which tends to make this cherish this wonder of nature. It even, like other lakes, is also one of the favorite spots for migratory birds.

5. Indira Sagar Lake (Madhya Pradesh)

Indira Sagar Lake

Indira Sagar lake is an artificial freshwater lake formed by damming the Narmada River. It acts as the source of water for supply to the nearby villages for irrigation and other purposes. This lake covers an area of 627 sq. km and today also serves as the second-largest power source in the country.

These lovely lakes add to the beauty and tranquility of the area. Plan a visit to these lakes and admire the surreal beauty of nature’s marvels with TPI.

Last Updated: 27th June 2022

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